side of city
Garden bed shape is flagged.
Planting has not begun.
The garden again at 2
other side of the yard - two months.
North side -
shady backyard garden on the north side
of Chicago features a wooden bridge and
colorful bird house "apartment
building," bird feeders and a bench
for sitting and contemplating it all.
Photos by Diana Krug:
Glad to see
you at the Wild Ones Conference. Sorry
we didn't get a chance to chat.
Thought I'd send a couple photos of the garden.It
looked pretty good this year.
Your suggestion of Rudbeckia speciosa was great,
they look fabulous.
Next year the grass should make it's real appearance.
We put in Little Blue Stem, Prairie Dropseed, Bicknelli's
Sedge, SIde Oats Grama.
I really appreciated all the assistance
you gave, with plant species suggestions.
These photos are some of the plants from your Wolf
Road Prairie Sale.
"We had hummingbirds visit
this Royal Catchfly, an excellent plant
that is highly suggested for native gardens
by Chicago Wilderness."
her project in more detail: I
started with my front yard, I live in a townhouse,
postage stamp size. I began ID-ing spring
ephemerals, then prairie species and gardened
the front yard until I was out of space.
Many of those plants also came from Art.
board approached me, because of the front
yard, to help with this circle in the center
of the community (770sq ft)... Click here
to see photos of this native gardening
began by removing a conventional
square yew hedge and a large spruce
tree that had overgrown the
small yard in front of a very conventional
Art's direction, Luis, Jose, Tony,
and Diego went to work placing the
stones to create the terraced effect
and constructing the bird bath using
pieces from the trunk of the spruce
of shrubs, flowers, and grasses were
placed in this garden. Some of these
bloom in the spring and others in the
summer. The downspout drains into a
buried plastic pipe that is covered
with small stones to look like a stream
bed. It carries water to create a water
In the back yard, native plants are
placed along the garage, with a feature
using pots and rocks at one end and
an existing fern garden at the other.
In front of the ferns is another
birdbath resting on a stump of the
collection of native shrubs are
placed on the shady side of the
seen Art's beautiful, if unconventional,
work in a friend's yard and trusted
that he would have a vision of what
my little garden could become.
back here in a month or two for pictures
of how this garden fills in the second
Thanks so much
for our garden...I love how it looks. We
still have more to go and want to think about
rock ledge makes this special."
love this tree. It seems quite sturdy
and its leaves are great." (Oak-leaf
"Bob has since gotten
a brown drain pipe and it blends quite
"Thanks for turning an
eyesore into a special place."
Thanks from Sheila Ryan-Henry: